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The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (English Edition)
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The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories (English Edition) [Formato Kindle]

Jimmy Olsen

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This collection of island stories carries the reader from daring adventures beneath the Caribbean Sea to tense conflict on a deserted island near the Canadian border. Love stories and private eyes, a boy living on a lonely salt cay and a girl's dream of freedom at sea, hurricanes and heroes -- all told with humor ad the insight that comes from firsthand experience.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
  • Dimensioni file: 509 KB
  • Lunghezza stampa: 247
  • Editore: Hoffman House Press (21 dicembre 2012)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • Da testo a voce: Abilitato
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Amazon.com: 4.7 su 5 stelle  10 recensioni
4 di 4 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Short on Words, Full of Creativity and Enjoyment! 9 agosto 2013
Di Dii - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
If you have ever steered clear of a short story collection, because, well, they are just too short to connect with, I'm recommending you try The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen! Each story is like a complete mini-novel! Perfect to satisfy that "need-to-read" when time is short, I actually have been reading a story or two a day.

PARTY GIRL, the first in the line up is plucky, comical, a little out there, with its crazy premise! Ever been to a reception introducing new employees to the core group where there is the sizing up, the scrutiny, and (gasp, the forbidden spiked punch? There were no lampshades on heads, but trust, they weren't needed!

With titles such as SEA SALT, GREEN BANANA MAN, WORMWOOD, DENISE, and THE HERO OF BLIND PIG ISLAND, among the others, I was intrigued, I laughed, I rooted for the characters and I enjoyed the crisp writing style of author Jimmy Olsen who could change the attitude and pace of each story with ease as he mentally took me to places where the sea breeze smelled just right, Mother Nature's violence couldn't deter a hurricane party, and the darkness of a Schoolmaster could be chillingly felt, as we were invited inside his mind.

Short on words, but long on detail, each tale is well-told, diverse and engaging! I found my favorite island story, and bet you will, too! Where has this gem been hiding? Perfect for the beach!

I would like to thank author Jimmy Olsen for providing me this review copy in exchange for my honest review.
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A must for any serious library 16 gennaio 2014
Di Jay T Harding - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen is a sun-splashed trip to the Caribbean without having to leave your seat. This compilation of short stories deftly brings you into the soul of island life through the eyes of characters both native and non, and leaves you wondering how you got sand in your shoes from just reading. It would not be fair to compare Jimmy Olsen to either Hemingway or Irving. His ability to weave a tale is much richer and more vibrant. The Hero of Blind Pig Island is one volume I will enjoy reading over and over for years to come. It is a must for any serious library.
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5.0 su 5 stelle I never knew how harsh yet beautiful, Caribbean Natives lived. I loved this book. 15 luglio 2014
Di Lisa B. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Formato Kindle
Jimmy Olsen's sensitive book was just what I needed.

Olsen has shown me that short stories are like small savory bites of your favorite food.

I've never had the opportunity to visit the Caribbean, but now I have! Each tale, may be more truth, than fiction. I can feel it. I felt my heart pound with each description of the surf, waves and authentic danger.

The very pregnant woman and her lost family, had me filled with anxiety and fear ... the woman who couldn't be rescued ... loved ones, lost forever.

Each story, each character, were so real to me. Some stories, I didn't want to end. I'll miss those people. People. I'll miss their everyday normal existence. I will miss my new friends.

Thank you Jimmy, for letting me forget the Midwest for awhile.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Do you like island life? 2 febbraio 2014
Di Jo Ann Hakola - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
The Hero of Blind Pig Island by Jimmy Olsen
Have you ever visited an island community? People are different on an island. They're more laid back, don't rush things and enjoy taking your tourist dollars. For the most part, though, they'd prefer you didn't live there. These are insulated communities.

Mr. Olsen sent me a copy of his book to read for review (thank you). You can find a copy on Amazon now.

I've visited the San Juan Islands, the Hawaiian Islands, and the Bahamas. Given the descriptions of the land and people in the Caribbean, I'd say the Bahamas has a similar flavor. I have to admit island life appeals to me but it'd be hard to get all the books I read there. And the internet might be a bit iffie. However, being secluded and quiet offers some charm to me.

These stores are almost vignettes of island life. He lived in the Caribbean and it shows in his stories. The stories ares short, focus on a person or two, and tell of people, events, and changes in island life.

The story that touched me most is titled: "Denise". A young woman wants to learn to scuba dive. This one is set in Lake Superior and it's a cold and nasty day. She almost gives up, but she soldiers on. She also finds that she loves scuba diving. She begins working it part-time, then finds a full-time position where she'll be on a boat at sea. She's thrilled. I was pleased to see someone following her dreams and being happy with her life choices.

Here's an opportunity to sit in your arm chair and visit the Caribbean. Each tale is different, so you have lots of "flavors" to taste as you read this book. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and travel...
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5.0 su 5 stelle Very Interesting Short Story Compilation 16 gennaio 2014
Di SSC - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato:Copertina flessibile
I am not usually a short story reader. I actually can not remember the last time I read a collection of short stories, before this. Maybe because I never felt compelled to read a book of short stories. But just having finished this book, I can say I thoroughly enjoyed these stories.

The stories in this book are all unique in their own right. But all of them revolve around a story on an island, many really showcasing an ocean, and some a big lake. A few of them also intertwine some aspect of snorkeling or scuba diving. I have never done either one, but always wanted to and found this very interesting.

I don't want too give to much away about the book or the stories, but two of them in particular really stood out (to me anyway). One is called, "Reservado." I really liked this one. It kind of was a story, within a story maybe even within a story. It is about a woman looking back at her past, and one really interesting part was her and her boyfriend end up having to swim 12 miles in the ocean back to shore. I don't want to tell you too much, so you can read it for yourself, but it was really good.

Another one that I really liked is, "Revenge of the Schoolmasters." It is about a feud of sorts from between some of the faculty wanting higher up positions and even students getting in on it. It displays a conflict and how two teachers in particular get revenge and stop it. It is very interesting and I really enjoyed this story.

A lot of these stories I noticed also involved teachers/English Teachers and some take place in Dominican Republic. So reading about the author, and his background, I am left wondering if these are taken from his real life, or probably inspired by it anyway, which is cool.

I would recommend this book to you, it is very different from what I usually read, which is great to broaden your horizons

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